12/07/13 - Con-GRAD-ulations!

It's official.  I am no longer a student.  I am a real person with a degree.  This week, I've been back in Hull for the final act of my university career: graduation!

Tuesday was my actual graduation day and it was utterly gorgeous; the sun was shining and it was hotter than it has been for ages, which would be lovely if your plans for the day consisted of lounging on a beach or in a park with nothing to do but enjoy the heat.  However, it is less pleasant when your day involves wearing a heavy black robe, a ridiculously tight hat which ruins your hair, and heels which has rubbed all the skin off your feet within the first half hour of having them on.  

While that makes it sound like I had a horrible time, I really didn't.  I had an amazing day, particularly once the nerve-wracking 'walking across a stage in front of everyone' part was done.  As you can see from the photo, I wasn't exactly bounding excitedly into the spotlight...I was too busy trying to remember how to walk in my shoes and breathe at the same time.

 After the ceremony, which I did really enjoy once the hard part was done, there was plenty of time for taking photographs.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate one of the classic hat-throwing shots.  If I do, then I might have to add it later, because what blog post about graduating would be complete without one?

By this point, I still needed to return my robes and have my professional photo taken - a word of warning: get this done before the ceremony.  The queue was huge, I was so ready to take the heavy gown off and my feet were hating me.  All that coupled with the ridiculous stuffy heat inside and the fact that I'd barely eaten all day meant that my mum had to dash off to buy me some water and a peanut butter Kit Kat to stop me passing out.  Once all the formalities were done, I limped (finally in flats, thank goodness) to a lovely little cafe-bar which looked out over the quay and had a well-deserved celebratory mojito.

It was lovely to see everyone and their families dressed to the nines; not that you can tell because of the way my robe was pinned, but I wore a white blouse and a red pencil skirt from Mango which is my new favourite item of clothing.  There's nothing I love more than a good celebration, and the gorgeous weather put everyone in an even better mood than they already were.  It's definitely a day I will never forget, and now I just look forward to seeing my proper photo!

A huge congratulations to anyone else graduating this summer!  Enjoy your day as much as I did mine.


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    1. So do I! Thank you :D xxx